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Big firm products top worst plastic litter list: report  PHYS.ORG · 56 minutes
Tens of thousands of pieces of plastic littering the planet come from just a handful of multinational corporations, an environmental pressure group said Wednesday. more
Austria's early ski slope sparks row among environmentalists  PHYS.ORG · 3 hours
A singular bright strip of snow stands out brightly against Austria's autumnal surroundings but the ski slope's early opening is drawing concern from environmentalists. more
Researchers use satellite data to calculate snow depth in mountain ranges  PHYS.ORG · 17 hours
Bioscience engineers at KU Leuven (Belgium) have developed a method to measure the snow depth in all mountain ranges in the Northern Hemisphere using satellites. This... more
NASA finds heavy rain potential in typhoon Bualoi over Marianas  PHYS.ORG · 17 hours
Typhoon Bualoi was lashing the Marianas Islands in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and analyzed the cloud top temperatures to give forecasters insight... more
Satellite data used to calculate snow depth in mountain ranges  SCIENCE DAILY · 20 hours
Bioscience engineers have developed a method to measure the snow depth in all mountain ranges in the Northern Hemisphere using satellites. This technique makes it possible to study... more
Study reveals dry season increase in photosynthesis in Amazon rain forest  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
A University of Oklahoma-led study demonstrated the potential of the TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument on board the Copernicus Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite to measure and track chlorophyll fluorescence... more
Are humans changing animal genetic diversity worldwide?  SCIENCE DAILY · 20 hours
Human population density and land use is causing changes in animal genetic diversity, according to new research. The research show that environmental changes caused by humans are leading to changes in genetic variation in... more
Exposure to environmental PCBs impairs brain function in mice  SCIENCE DAILY · 21 hours
Human-made toxic chemicals that linger indefinitely in the environment disrupt the performance of critical helper cells in the mouse brain, leading to impaired function over long-term exposures. more
Long-term exposure to toxic chemicals in the environment impairs brain function in mice  NEWS MEDICAL · 21 hours
Human-made toxic chemicals that linger indefinitely in the environment disrupt the performance of critical helper cells in the mouse brain, leading to... more
Dry season increase in photosynthesis in Amazon rain forest  SCIENCE DAILY · 22 hours
A new study demonstrated the potential of the TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument on board the Copernicus Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite to measure and track chlorophyll fluorescence and photosynthesis of tropical forests in the... more
CO2 monitors new weapon in Paris climate fight  PHYS.ORG · 22 hours
Spurred on by growing social movements, cities across the world are getting serious with their climate action, vowing to slash pollution and implement greener laws. more
New rocket fairing design offers smoother quieter ride  PHYS.ORG · 22 hours
Satellites are built to live in the harsh environment of space but engineers must also factor in the rigours of the journey there. ESA has helped RUAG Space Switzerland to develop new... more
Mount Sinai receives $25 million from NIH for novel exposomic research  NEWS MEDICAL · 23 hours
Three world-renowned environmental health researchers from the Institute for Exposomic Research at Mount Sinai have been awarded grants worth a total of $25 million from the... more
The 2019 ozone hole is the smallest ever recorded  PHYS.ORG · 23 hours
Abnormally warm temperatures in the stratosphere over Antarctica dramatically limited ozone loss in September and October, resulting in the smallest ozone hole observed since 1982, NOAA and NASA scientists reported... more
Climate scientist: We must change the way we approach the climate crisis  PHYS.ORG · 23 hours
As a climate scientist of more than 25 years, I'm proud of the work my profession has done in recent decades to alert humanity... more
Rising emissions are turning arctic permafrost into a carbon source, research shows  PHYS.ORG · 24 hours
Arctic regions have captured and stored carbon for tens of thousands of years, but a new study shows winter carbon emissions from the Arctic... more
Climate change in protected areas endangers biodiversity  PHYS.ORG · 24 hours
Researchers at the University of Bayreuth have calculated for the first time how climate change is likely to affect the earth's conservation areas by 2070. In Nature Communications, they present their study with which... more
New rocket fairing design offers smoother quieter ride  ESA · 1 day
Satellites are built to live in the harsh environment of space but engineers must also factor in the rigours of... more
Replacement flame retardants pose serious health harms, warn scientists  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
New flame retardants escaping from our TVs, other electrical and electronic products, and children's car seats are just as toxic as the flame retardants they're intended to replace, according to... more
Endangered Antarctic Glacier Could Soon Calve a Massive New Iceberg  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
Two large rifts have widened near the edge of Pine Island Glacier on the West Antarctic ice sheet. If they continue to grow, they could release an iceberg... more
New flame retardants, old problems  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
New flame retardants escaping from our TVs, other electrical and electronic products, and children's car seats are just as toxic as the flame retardants they're intended to replace, according to a peer-reviewed study published today in Environmental Science... more
GenBank can be trusted, study shows  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Scientists working to identify coral reef organisms analyzed more than 4.7 million animal DNA sequences from GenBank, the most commonly used tool used to identify environmental DNA, and discovered that animal identification errors are surprisingly rare... more
Climate warming promises more frequent extreme El Niño events  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
New research, based on 33 historical El Niño events from 1901 to 2017, show climate change effects have shifted the El Niño onset location from the eastern Pacific to the... more
Space agencies endorse continued cooperation in lunar exploration  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
Leaders of several national space agencies endorsed continued cooperation in space exploration, including missions to the moon, and said that... more
Replacing coal with gas or renewables saves billions of gallons of water  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
The transition from coal to natural gas in the US electricity sector is reducing the industry's water use, research finds. For every megawatt of... more
A Violent Tornado Hit Dallas Last Night, Throwing Debris 3 Miles High  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
A destructive tornado hit northern Dallas on Sunday, Oct. 20, causing widespread power outages and significant property damage. more
Discovery about DNA-reeling bacteria can help inform strategies to stop bacterial infection  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
A new study from Indiana University has revealed a previously unknown role a protein plays in helping bacteria reel in DNA in their environment... more
Comparisons of 4.7 million mtDNA sequences show GenBank is reliable for animal IDs  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Did a murderer walk through the room? Did a shark just swim by? Is this a poisonous mushroom? Which reef species are... more
Climate warming promises more frequent extreme El Niño events  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
El Niño events cause serious shifts in weather patterns across the globe, and an important question that scientists have sought to answer is: how will climate change affect the generation... more
New statistical climate model can predict El Niño events up to two-and-a-half years in advance  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Although a number of operational climate models are capable of predicting El Niño events, they cannot perform long-term... more
Cascades of Gas Around Young Star Indicate Early Stages of Planet Formation  ASTRO WATCH · 2 days
What does a gestating baby planet look like? New research in Nature by a team including Carnegie’s Jaehan Bae investigated the effects of three... more
Shipping firms look to sail into the future  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Global shipping firms under pressure to cut carbon emissions are experimenting with an age-old technology: sails to harness ocean winds and reduce reliance on costly fuels. more
Transform land use to hit 1.5C target: experts  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Better management of the world's farms and forests could contribute up to a third of the emissions cuts needed to stave off devastating climate change, an international team of scientists said Monday. more
Global warming eclipses nuclear war as top concern: Nobel laureate  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The threat of climate change has overtaken the prospect of nuclear war as the most pressing concern facing humanity, a former Colombian president and Nobel peace laureate warned... more
Uncovering the principles behind RNA folding  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A Northwestern Engineering research team led by Professor Julius Lucks has uncovered a new understanding of how RNA molecules act as cellular 'biosensors' to monitor and respond to changes in the environment by controlling gene expression.... more
Volcanic ash sparks a new discovery  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Imagine you're getting ready to fly to your favorite vacation destination when suddenly a volcano erupts, sending massive amounts of volcanic ash into the atmosphere, and forcing the cancellation of your flight. That's exactly what happened... more
NASA finds Typhoon Bualoi rapidly intensified  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Typhoon Bualoi rapidly intensified over 24 hours and quickly developed an eye and powerful thunderstorms.On Oct. 21, the eye of Typhoon Bualoi was just over 50 miles from the island of Saipan when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP... more
Antarctic ice cliffs may not contribute to sea-level rise as much as predicted  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers report that in order for a 90-meter ice cliff to collapse entirely, the ice shelves supporting the cliff would have to... more
Large-scale afforestation of African savannas will destroy valuable ecosystems  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Scientists from around the world argue that the suggested afforestation of large areas of Africa to mitigate climate change will destroy valuable ecological, agricultural, and tourist areas, while doing little... more
Plant physiology will be major contributor to future river flooding  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers describe the emerging role of ecophysiology in riparian flooding. As an adaptation to an overabundance of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, trees, plants and grasses constrict their... more
DNA-reeling bacteria yield new insight on how superbugs acquire drug-resistance  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A new study from Indiana University has revealed a previously unknown role a protein plays in helping bacteria reel in DNA in their environment—like a fisherman pulling up... more
Plant physiology will be major contributor to future river flooding, study finds  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
he next time a river overflows its banks, don't just blame the rain clouds. Earth system scientists from the University of California, Irvine have... more
International research community calls for recognition of forests' role in human prosperity  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
World leaders convened for the UN Climate Summit in September amid dire projections of climate instability. The problem is multifaceted, of course, but a... more
Toll roads are good for the environment, scientists confirm  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A team of researchers from Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) developed a method to calculate the number of stops trucks make along their routes. The method confirms... more
DNA-reeling bacteria yield new insight on how superbugs acquire drug-resistance  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
A study has revealed a protein's role in helping bacteria 'reel in' DNA from their environment to acquire new traits, such as antibiotic resistance. more
Scientists reveal how the fossil fuel industry misled the public about climate change  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
An international group of scientists show that fossil fuel corporations have, for decades, denied the public's right to be accurately informed about... more
Northern peatlands may contain twice as much carbon as previously thought  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Northern peatlands may hold twice as much carbon as scientists previously suspected, according to a study published today in Nature Geoscience. The findings suggest that these... more
Porous polymer coatings dynamically control light and heat  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Buildings devote more than 30% of their energy use to heating, cooling, and lighting systems. Passive designs such as cool roof paints have gone a long way toward reducing this usage, and... more
Waste plastic converted into filtration membranes  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
In a world that seems to be drowning in plastic bottles, recycling this waste into useful materials would help to reduce its environmental impact. KAUST researchers have now invented a way to turn plastic bottles into... more
Climate change: Steep warming curve for Europe  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Climate is changing: Droughts, floods, and extreme weather events influence agriculture, economies, and society. Improved adaptability of industry and society to the future climate, however, requires reliable statements on medium-term climate development, in particular... more
Ceramic industry should use carbon reducing cold sintering process says new research  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
A new techno-economic analysis shows that the energy intensive ceramic industry would gain both financial and environmental benefits if it moved to free the... more
New study could revolutionize the way we recycle  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Researchers from the University of Surrey together with colleagues from Germany, Spain and France are set to start work on a novel technique to tackle plastic waste, potentially revolutionizing the way we... more
No place like home: Species are on the move, but many have nowhere to go  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Many insects moving north in response to climate change find they have nowhere to go in Britain's intensively... more
A climate model provides long-term predictions of 'El Niño' events  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Although a number of operational climate models are capable of predicting El Niño events, they cannot perform long-term forecasts more than half a year in advance. Now, a... more
Mapping millet genetics  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
In the semi-arid tropics of Asia and Africa, conditions can be difficult for crops. Plants need to have short growing seasons, survive on poor soils and tolerate environmental stresses. more
To fight climate change, science must be mobilized like it was in World War II  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
We've all but won the argument on climate change. The facts are now unequivocal and climate denialists are... more
From biomedicine to buzz pollination: why we need a plan 'bee'  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
With Extinction Rebellion's mass bee-themed 'die ins' hitting the international news, we're reminded again that our bees are facing many threats—from climate change and loss of... more
Bringing the carbon-reducing cold sintering process out of labs and into ceramics manufacturing  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A new techno-economic analysis, by a team led by a researcher from WMG at the University of Warwick, shows that the energy... more
How Antarctic krill fertilize the oceans and even store carbon  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Krill are best known as whale food. But few people realize that these small, shrimp-like creatures are also important to the health of the ocean and the atmosphere.... more
Migratory birds arriving earlier, but they're not keeping pace with flowering, leaf-out   PHYS.ORG · 2 days
An Aroostook County man's nature-based journal notes written in the mid-1900s are shedding light on ecological effects of climate change in understudied northern Maine. more
Coral discovery equips researchers with new environmental monitoring method  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A rare element discovered in Great Barrier Reef coral skeletons will help scientists understand the environmental history of nearby regions. more
Emerging cracks in the Pine Island Glacier  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites have revealed new cracks, or rifts, in the Pine Island Glacier—one of the primary ice arteries in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The two large rifts were first... more
Antarctic ice cliffs may not contribute to sea-level rise as much as predicted  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Antarctica's ice sheet spans close to twice the area of the contiguous United States, and its land boundary is buttressed by massive,... more
Ancient City of 'Mahendraparvata' Hidden Beneath Cambodian Jungle  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
Archaeologists have mapped the ancient city of Mahendraparvata, hidden beneath thick vegetation on a Cambodian mountain not far from the temple of Angkor Wat. more
Environmental challenges and future perspectives of metal-oxide nanoparticles  nanowerk · 2 days
The increase in production and applications of metal-oxide nanoparticles (MO-NPs) raises concerns for the environment as well as for human health. The terrestrial environment, especially soil, is expected to be the largest... more
Maritime industry seeks solutions to limit pollution  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Shipowners say they are trying to cut their heavy-polluting industry's impact on the environment by using cleaner energy—but some have stalled over limiting the speed of ships. more
Antarctic ice cliffs may not contribute to sea-level rise as much as predicted  MIT · 2 days
Study finds even the tallest ice cliffs should support their own weight rather than collapsing catastrophically. more
HERON Survey Fishes Out Detail in Ghostly Galaxy Outskirts  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
Astronomers have completed the largest survey to date of the faint outskirts of nearby galaxies, successfully testing a... more
Chains of Atoms Move at Lightning Speed Inside Metals  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
A phenomenon that has previously been seen when researchers simulate the properties of planet cores at extreme pressures... more
Analysis of Galileo’s Jupiter Entry Probe Reveals Gaps in Heat Shield Modeling  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
The entry probe of the Galileo mission to Jupiter entered the planet's atmosphere in 1995 in fiery fashion. As the probe descended from Mach... more
Atmospheric pressure impacts greenhouse gas emissions from leaky oil and gas wells  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Fluctuations in atmospheric pressure can heavily influence how much natural gas leaks from wells below the ground surface at oil and gas sites, according... more
Land management practices to reduce nitrogen load may be affected by climate changes  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Nitrogen from agricultural production is a major cause of pollution in the Mississippi River Basin and contributes to large dead zones in... more
Wind turbine design and placement can mitigate negative effect on birds  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Wind energy is increasingly seen as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, as it contributes to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. However, the rapid expansion... more
Why Don't Mountains Grow Forever?  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
Imagine a world where mountains grow so high, they poke through the upper atmosphere and create a rocky maze for pilots to navigate. more
Thunberg brings her climate protest to Canada's oil patch  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Teen activist Greta Thunberg rallied with climate change protesters in Canada's oil-rich province of Albert on Friday, as oil workers counter-protested by honking the horns of their big rigs. more
Young climate activists in Africa struggle to be heard  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
As Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion inspire climate protesters across the globe, young African activists say they still struggle to make themselves heard. more
Land management practices to reduce nitrogen load may be affected by climate changes  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Nitrogen from agricultural production is a major cause of pollution in the Mississippi River Basin and contributes to large dead zones in... more
NASA-NOAA satellite finds overshooting tops, gravity waves in Tropical Storm Nestor  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided night-time and infrared views of developing Tropical Storm Nestor in the Gulf of Mexico and found over-shooting cloud tops and gravity... more
NASA-NOAA satellite observes development of Tropical Storm Octave  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided infrared data that showed the development of Tropical Storm Octave in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. more
Atmospheric pressure impacts greenhouse gas emissions from leaky oil and gas wells  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Fluctuations in atmospheric pressure can heavily influence how much natural gas leaks from wells below the ground surface at oil and gas sites, according... more
NASA-NOAA satellite finds Tropical Storm Neoguri consolidating  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center with a visible image of Tropical Storm Neoguri that showed it had become more organized over the previous 24 hours. more
South Africa to increase coal-fired energy, sparking climate outcry  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
South Africa's government announced Friday that the country would increase its use of coal-fired energy, provoking outrage from climate groups. more
Climate: Uncertainty in scientific predictions can help and harm credibility  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
The ways climate scientists explain their predictions about the impact of global warming can either promote or limit their persuasiveness. more
Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA may have helped early Melanesian people survive  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A team of researchers from the U.S., Italy and France has found evidence that suggests DNA inherited from Neanderthals and Denisovans may have helped early Melanesian... more
Use the Amazon's natural bounty to save it: experts  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Brazilian prize-winning climatologist Carlos Nobre is calling for a bioeconomic plan to save the Amazon by drawing on its wealth of berries and nuts—an idea championed at a key Vatican... more
Emerging cracks in the Pine Island Glacier  ESA · 5 days
The Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites have revealed new cracks, or rifts, in the Pine Island Glacier – one of the primary... more
Europe's largest meteorite crater home to deep ancient life  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Fractured rocks of impact craters have been suggested to host deep microbial communities on Earth, and potentially other terrestrial planets, yet direct evidence remains elusive. In a new study published... more
More than just whale food: Krill's influence on carbon dioxide and global climate  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Antarctic krill are well-known for their role at the base of the Southern Ocean food web, where they're food for marine predators... more
Manufacturing minerals could transform the gem market, medical industries, and mitigate climate change  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Last month, scientists uncovered a mineral called Edscottite. Minerals are solid, naturally occurring substances that are not living, such as quartz or... more
Reforesting is a good idea, but it is necessary to know where and how  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
An article recently published in Science, titled "The global tree restoration potential," presented what it called "the most effective solution... more
New study uncovers 'magnetic' memory of European glass eels  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A new study led by researchers at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and at the Institute of Marine Research in Norway found that... more
Cod or haddock? Study looks at 'name bias' and fisheries sustainability  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Could you taste the difference between cod and other whitefish, such as haddock or hake, if you didn't know what you were eating? The answer may... more
Trial set in New York on Exxon's climate statements  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Charges that Exxon Mobil misled investors on the financial risks of climate change will be heard in court this month after a New York judge gave the green light for... more
New study uncovers 'magnetic' memory of European glass eels  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
A new study has found that European glass eels use their magnetic sense to 'imprint' a memory of the direction of water currents in the estuary where they become juveniles. more
Black Holes Stunt Growth of Dwarf Galaxies  ASTRO WATCH · 6 days
Astronomers at the University of California, Riverside, have discovered that powerful winds driven by supermassive black holes in the centers of dwarf... more
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